There are things that just seem meant to be, and so it is with the return of Denver Broncos Hall of Famer and legend, with the latter transcendent over the former term, to the team which he led into national dominance for 16 seasons.
He came to the Broncos as a great player and truly was one of those athletes who actually met and exceeded expectations. The mantle of greatness and the positive association with the Broncos, Bronco Nation and the entire Rocky Mountain time zone can never be taken away from John Elway.
As the team moves into a new era it is completely fitting that John head the football operations of this franchise.
No one has been more vital, and no one has ever been more competitive.
Many might question how things will eventually work out, and the vast number of media outlets are such that they need constant fodder, and the speculation regarding individual and team success is therefore a constant that we all have become accustomed to living with. But most of them just do not know John Elway.
For all his physical greatness, his mental toughness and absolutely indomitable will to win have always been overriding traits, in my opinion. He is driven by a competitive spirit shared by very few in our society, and that same spirit will both drive John and be infused into the entire organization in short order.
A parallel came to mind as I began to write this, that being Jerry West as a player and administrator.
Jerry West was a great basketball All-American at West Virginia who had a 14-year Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Like John Elway, West played his entire career with one team, made all the all-time teams, and even earned the nickname “The Logo” for the fact that it is West who has adorned the NBA’s league logo itself.
But after his playing career ended he took that same drive into an administrative career, and as general manager of the Lakers he watched his team win seven NBA championships.
To me, that is more than just a desire fr what will happen to the Denver Broncos and John Elway in the future.
Our fans have absolute love for and confidence in John Elway, and he has never done anything to suggest their confidence is misplaced.
The belief in ultimate success is the first step toward that success, Broncos Country has that belief in John Elway, and the future is a bright one for Broncos fans today.